Join The Movement: Relay For Life Back In Person This Year at Francis Wong Stadium in Hilo

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The community is invited to join the movement and fight back against cancer while honoring and remembering loved ones during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of the Big Island next month.

Relay For Life of the Big Island is back in person this year with an exciting lineup. The event is scheduled for July 16 at Francis Wong Stadium in Hilo. The 30th Relay-versary is themed “Relay Through The Decades,” with teams dressing up and decorating their tents from different decades.

Relay For Life is a community of survivors, caregivers, local residents, volunteers and participants who believe the future can be free from cancer and own the power to make that change.

“We share a passion to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer,” Lee Lord, Hawai‘i Island American Cancer Society board member and cancer survivor, said in a press release. “In 2022, almost 1.9 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States, with 7,730 of those cases in the state of Hawai‘i. Thanks to a shared passion, the life-saving mission of the American Cancer Society can’t be stopped, ensuring we are here for everyone who needs us.”


This year’s Relay for Life lineup includes a Survivor Drive Through at 4 p.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 5 p.m., which will feature a helicopter flower drop. From 5 p.m.-midnight, the community can enjoy live performances, food trucks, games and activities and visit participating team tents to support their fundraising efforts to fight cancer.

Entertainment will include Vizion 20/20, drag queen performances, an axe throwing trailer, a Zumbathon and more.

For more than 35 years, Relay For Life has joined together communities throughout the nation to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives. Dollars raised each year by more than 500,000 Relay participants throughout the United States help attack all cancers in countless ways — funding and conducting breakthrough research, providing education and advocating for the needs of cancer patients and their families and providing essential services throughout their cancer journey.


“It’s never been easier to raise money for Relay For Life and help fund the future,” Lord said in the press release. “Every dollar raised fuels the American Cancer Society’s life-saving mission. The fight against cancer needs you now more than ever.”

Here are two of the many ways to get involved:

  • Join the Relay For Life of the Big Island. Sign up to join an existing team or start a new team by clicking here.
  • Donate. If you can’t participate in this year’s event, you can still help save lives by making a donation. Every dollar fuels the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Click here to make a donation today.

To learn more, visit the Relay For Life website or click here.


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